• Avon man wounded after a shoot out with police

    May 10, 2011 No comments

    Authorities say an Avon man with multiple prior arrests could face attempted murder charges after starting a gun battle with police Monday morning.

    54 year old Robert Summerlot was shot in his arms and abdomen after opening fire on police officers in his home in the 6900 block of East County Road 100 South, according to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department.

    The incident, which forced the lockdown of nine Avon schools for a half-hour, occurred about 9:30 a.m.

    A news release from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department said police were called to the home by Summerlot’s mother, who also lives there. She reported that her son was drinking and being abusive.

    The release went on to say that when officers entered a back bedroom where Summerlot was, he fired a shotgun at them. Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Faith, a five-year veteran, returned fire, hitting Summerlot several times, before Summerlot shut the door and barricaded himself in the room, the release said.

    The Hendricks County special weapons and tactics team and negotiators were called and persuaded Summerlot to give himself up about 10:30 a.m. without further incident. No one else was injured.

    Summerlot was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where he was in serious condition Monday afternoon, according to hospital officials.

    Hendricks County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Yetter said Faith will remain on paid leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure in police shooting. Yetter also said Monday’s incident was the department’s first police shooting in about 10 years.

    Police plan to recommend that the prosecutor file attempted murder charges against Summerlot.

    Summerlot had been arrested in 2003, twice in 2007 and once last year — primarily on public-intoxication charges.

    The schools placed on lockdown were all south of U.S. 36.

    Maggie Hoernemann, assistant superintendent said students were allowed to move about inside the buildings, so there was no interruption to their day. The district’s communications system kept parents apprised of the situation.

    Posted by in Avon, Local News

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